Da­gen­ham (UK)

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Opened in 1931, the Da­gen­ham plant be­came Ford UK’s man­u­fac­tur­ing cen­tre for the next 30 years. Un­til the Es­cort ar­rived (see Hale­wood), al­most ev­ery clas­sic Ford was man­u­fac­tured here, to­gether with body, en­gine and trans­mis­sion man­u­fac­ture. Ma­jor pro­grammes in­cluded Anglias, Pre­fects, Cor­sairs, Ze­phyrs, Granadas, Corti­nas (in­clud­ing the Mk2 Lo­tus), Fi­es­tas, plus vans, trac­tors and many other sub-de­riv­a­tives. A brand-new PTA (Paint Trim Assem­bly) build­ing ar­rived in the late 1950s, this then be­ing the UK’s largest car-build­ing site. Much re­de­vel­oped, part of Da­gen­ham still ex­ists (build­ing diesel en­gines), but car assem­bly ended in the early 2000s.

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